The good news about the weekend is that Strummer had an awesome time, ran so fast and focused and I had a great time running him. However the courses were so similar to each other and so easy, pinwheel after pinwheel after pinwheel. Dogwalk to tunnel. Serpentine. Sigh. I know, every trial I have the same complaint and yet I keep going. I like to trial and I like wide open courses every now and again and if I don't do DOCNA I have only USDAA and it cuts my trials in half. Giving money to the AKC is out of the question. So I stay home or suffer the pinwheels. And Strummer doesn't care, he was so happy, he doesn't care what the course is like. I think I'm a bit out of step with DOCNA's target market though.
Despite the easy courses we had only one Q in Jumpers because it was a woesome weekend for the dogwalk, only 2/7 dogwalk hits and those were in Gamblers. Two standard runs had the exact same dogwalk challenge and I practiced it in 2 Gamblers runs so I had the wonderfully frustrating experience of 4 dogwalk misses on the exact same challenge. And it wasn't even challenging. And the other miss was the dreaded 180 degree turn off the dogwalk towards you to a tunnel under the dogwalk. So 5 dogwalk misses on only 2 different challenges. At least he was consistent and I know what I need to practice.
Everything else was nearly perfect though, 6/7 weave entries, no knocked bars, 6/6 hits on the A-frame. Strum had some beautiful runs despite the dogwalk madness.
Saturday Jumpers and Standard
DOCNA 2-9-2013 JUMPERS STANDARD from colliebrains on Vimeo.
Sunday 2 rounds of Standard and Time Gamble
DOCNA STANDARD 1 & 2, TIME GAMBLE from colliebrains on Vimeo.
When I saw Sunday's course maps and noticed that about half of one of the Standard runs was exactly the same as the day before and saw a pinwheel in both courses I lost a bit of enthusiasm for the day. I handled one run using rear crosses instead of the more comfortable for me front crosses and it was good to practice something different but otherwise I was feeling bored with the course challenges. Maybe a bit jaded with DOCNA in general. I was planning on going to a DOCNA trial in April to fill a hole in my trialing schedule but we'll see. Maybe I'll give it one more chance. There isn't another DOCNA trial until August so I would have plenty of time to start missing it again. So looking forward to USDAA and the Masters Challenge classes next month.
At least the heat was working and the arena was plenty toasty and the 3-6" of snow predicted for Saturday night never materialized. I was done with my 3 runs by 2:15 on Saturday and 12:45 on Sunday and the trial was only 20 minutes away so there are some good things about DOCNA trials close to home. Now if only I could get the dust out of my lungs. Only one more dirt arena trial until next October.
Specialist Jumpers Q, 1st place
Dogwalks: 2/7 (28%)
A-frames: 6/6 (100%)
Weave entries: 6/7 (86%) no pop outs
Knocked bars: None
Teeters: 5/5 (100%)
courses: 1 in Standard, I let off handling at an easy tunnel/A-frame discrimination after he'd missed his dogwalk, 1 in another Standard round, Strum flipped into the tunnel off the dogwalk rather than doing the turn towards me for the tunnel entrance under the dogwalk.